Fall 2012, Volume 13

Art by Boaz Vaadia

For Alternate Non-Flash Gallery

  1. Asaf and Yo'ah – 2000 Bluestone, Boulder. 78 x 110 x 80 inches. Permanent installation, Time Warner Center, New York, NY. If you would like to see this sculpture in person, it is located in front of the Time Warner Center on 58th St between 8th & 9th Ave.
  2. David and Yonatan – 1998 Bluestone. 108 x 94 x 48 inches. Permanent installation, collection of Ravinia Sculpture Park, Highland Park, IL.
  3. Gilalay & Ginnetoy, Family with Dog:  Gilalay & Ginnetoy – 1998 Bronze, Boulder, and Bluestone. 38 x 100 x 60 inches. Ed. of 5. Family with Dog – 2009 Bronze, Boulder, and Bluestone. 76 x 120 x 100 inches. Ed. of 5. Long-term installation, Aviator Park in Logan Square, Philadelphia, PA.
  4. Meshullemet and Menashshe – 1994 Bluestone. 120 x 96 x 48 inches. Permanent installation, collection of Naples Museum of Art, Florida.
  5. Moriyya – 1992 Bluestone, Boulder. 32 x 110 x 58 inches. Collection of Hakone Open Air Museum, Japan. Permanent installation, Utsukushi-ga-Hara Open Air Museum, Japan.
  6. Rebecca, Sara, Meir:  Rebecca – 2002 Bluestone. 49 x 51 x 48 inches. Sara - 2002 Bluestone. 65 x 46 x 34 inches. Meir - 2002 Bluestone. 40 x 47 x 32 inches. Long-term exhibition in the Pratt Institute Sculpture Park, Brooklyn, NY.
  7. The Family – 2008 Bronze, Boulder, and Bluestone. 74 x 115 x 115 inches. Ed. of 5. Long-term exhibition at the Boca Raton Resort, FL.
  8. Asa & Yehoshafat – 2000 Bronze, Boulder, and Bluestone. 86 x 108 x 108 inches. Ed. of 5. Permanent installation in Independence Park, Tel Aviv, Israel.


Artist Statement:

My work is based on the concept that man functions according to the same laws as all other creatures of nature. Therefore, the urban environment is not an artificial creation but a natural habitat that we have created for ourselves.  Through the exploration of the connection between man and nature, I create sculptures and environments that are contemplative and serene.  The overall impact is of a warm and welcoming presence.

The materials I use in my sculptures: slate, shingle, bluestone and boulders, are from the immediate area surrounding my studio in New York City. The slate roof shingles and bluestone are sedimentary rocks, which were formed by layers of sediment compressing over millions of years. Slate and bluestone are used throughout the city for roofing and building and also used in sidewalks, backyards, and for landscaping. Brought to the area by glacial movement during the ice age, the boulders in my work come from construction sites nearby my studio.

I hand carve each individual piece of stone with a hammer and chisel, exposing the stratified layers of the bluestone. I then stack these stone layers to create figurative sculptures. Although at this point the pieces stand by themselves, I bolt them together with threaded rods and glue for permanence and safety of the viewer. My process parallels natural transformations in stone and recalls ancient methods of construction that rely on the cut and weight of the stone rather than on mortar. The pieces are linked to natural processes and look as though created by wind, water, and time. By using the natural forces of rocks, my work awakens ancient “earth senses” that were slowly abandoned by man during hi evolution to civilization. By carving the stone, I release its inherent energies. This stone sculpture now carries a direct message to the soul of the viewer. Man came from the earth and in death returns to it. I see stone as the bone structure of the earth.




BIO: Boaz Vaadia is an internationally known sculptor who has been living and working in New York City for over 35 years. Vaadia’s sculptures are permanently sited in many prominent public locations, museums, and private collections throughout the world, including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Museum, Tokyo, Japan; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel; Time Warner Center, New York City, NY; Ravina Sculpture Park, Chicago, IL; Independence Park, Tel Aviv, Israel; and The Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples, FL.